A Kinky and Quirky Debut


Anna Lou Larkin performing at the Kinky and Quirky burlesque cabaret show at the Majestic Templestowe Hotel in Torquay.

 

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Majestic Suite, Majestic Templestowe Hotel, Torquay, England

When it comes to a life measured in burlesque years, I’m a bit of a babe I suppose, maybe an angsty, slightly awkwardly beautiful middle schooler but since my burly birth I’ve wanted to do a little, fantastic show called Kinky and Quirky. Boasting some of the UK’s top talents: Immodesty Blaize, Craig the Incredible Hula Boy, Dave The Bear, Aurora Galore, Kitty Bang Bang, Kiki Deville and on and on and on. Cycling through various venues and cities in Southern England, the shows are not only sensational but vital for individuals who are either kinky or quirky or both, lovely folks who want to enjoy the fantastical thrills, delights and diversity of burlesque and cabaret but can’t or won’t make the long trip to London where shows happen several times a night, almost any night of the week. I was so honoured to make my Kinky and Quirky debut at the beginning of October and it was so moving and affirming to see the power of the scene, of community in action. A glittering reminder of everything I love about burlesque: the acceptance through expression, the celebration of difference, the filthy fun, all in one raucous and radiant show.

Rubyyy Jones performing at the Kinky and Quirky burlesque cabaret show at the Majestic Templestowe Hotel in Torquay.

Rubyyy Jones

 

Tonight’s venue was a kitsch, seaside hotel, where only hours earlier a dining room full of folks were supping on french onion soup and something or other, with an average age of 107. Come time for the doors to open, the venue was buzzing and glittering: large paintings from A Kick Up The Arts adorn the walls, portraits of burlesque beauties from shows past and scenes of celebration and jubilation created by show co-producer Mark Bell. A vivid K&Q backdrop makes the stage pop, a vivacious and gorgeous door gooddess, Door Girl Jayne, greets the guests, all of the them dressed to impress and express. The show is hosted by the other co-creator, dare I say the better half of the arty power couple, Sarah Bell, and Mark runs the tech; it’s a family affair for sure. Sarah looks every inch the part with a black lace, body skimming wiggle dress, red lippy and bouncy beautiful deep metal curls flecked with glitter.

The show got off to a silly and sexy start with the tall drink of delicious Tickety Boo doing her fun and flirty #SelfieStrip. In a pastel, pearly 18th century-ish costume, complete with high piled hair, plus cell phone and selfie stick disguised as a mirror for enjoying one’s infinite beauty, Tickety stripped and skipped through the audience, posing with eager attendees, a memento to be discovered online later, and snapping illicit shots never to be published through-out the reveals. Tickety also closed out the show with a very messy, marvellous act about the joys of Marmite. Oh, this is a dark coloured, savoury, yeasty, vegetable spread that some British people enjoy on toast—while others wish it had never been invented— just an FYI for anyone who hasn’t experienced it. Screw, glitter, confetti and champagne, a full, gooey, filthy Marmite pour is the new trend de rijeur!

Tickety Boo performing at the Kinky and Quirky burlesque cabaret show at the Majestic Templestowe Hotel in Torquay.

Tickety Boo

 

Bringing further variety and song to the evening with two terrific turns, Anna Lou Larkin, the foul thoughts and sweet sounds of a darling, warbling wit. She’s so adorable and so enthusiastic, that when this tumbling, spinning story of gross escapades, sexual mishaps and kinky quirkiness spills from her lips you’re truly shocked. You’re laughing and heaving, or giggling and blushing, maybe gasping for air and clutching pearls at the same time but it’s a storm of entertained emotions and the K&Q audience ate it up! I did my part in the comedy department with my newest act Raspberryyy Tart, which is an homage to the people behind the beautiful showgirls we see: women who love, who fail, who fart; and my Pottyyymouth Princess act which got a brilliant and strong reception. It was amazing and super fun to make my Kinky and Quirky debut at laaast.

The glitz and glam showgirl of the evening was the lovely Lady Lolly Rouge, a gentle goddess, full of poise, covered in crystals and oozing sweet sass. In her first turn she was pretty in pink, a beaded and sequinned sweetheart body suit to accent her mile long legs and a full feathered headdress topped her pristine maquillage and coiffed bright head of ginger curls. For her second spin it was a flurry of isis wings, silver, gold, spikes and chains. A rock and roll striptease with very little coming off because, lucky for us, very little was ever on. Both acts finished with nearly naked glitter revelling and a happy, audience, soothed with sparkles and stoned on shimmer. The whole show was fun, fantastical and full of talent and tease and as I watched the flirty and feisty attendees dancing the night away, I felt so grateful to be a part of a show that gives a space and sensational show for people who want a bit of sass, a dash of sex and a whole lot of kinky and quirky in their life. Grown up goths grinding on the dance floor, vintage styled friends and sisters laughing into their wine, beautiful transvestites chatting with butch dykes and local folks dressed all elegant and feeling merry, it was a beautiful thing to behold. And as I snuck away to my hotel room for red wine, popcorn and some Scandal with Prince Lydia, I felt so grateful that this is my vocation, my passion and such a big part of my life.

All photos ©2015 Alex Small and used here with express permission for Burlesque Beat. Performers may use shots for promotional purposes, but please credit properly with photographer’s full name and a link to this piece. All other requests please contact us to acquire permission.

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